Council cuts energy costs with ingenuity
THE installation of new energy-efficient air-conditioning systems at the Clarence Valley Council's two main offices in Grafton (2 Prince Street and 42 Victoria Street) will result in energy and operational savings of up to 40% and other environmental benefits.
Further operational and environmental savings are to be made through the closure of council offices at 70 Pound St, Grafton. Staff from the Pound St office have been relocated to another two offices.
Mayor Richie Williamson said savings would be made in energy costs through the introduction of more efficient systems, and additional benefits through the removal of an aging cooling tower and ozone-depleting R22 refrigerants.
"This will have a positive impact on the environment," he said. "The closure of the 70 Pound St office is all about continuing to reduce council's footprint and operational and maintenance costs."
The Energy Ingenuity project was supported with funding of $440,568 from the Commonwealth Government and a $293,713 contribution from council.
Further information about the project is available at www.clarence.nsw.gov.au.